Skip to comments.When ignoramuses vote
Posted on 10/16/2004 3:58:33 PM PDT by wagglebee
This year more than any other election cycle, it seems as if there is a concerted effort to get the vote out, specifically the youth vote. These days, it's as if every organization is scrambling to put out some sort of public service announcement making sure every American votes. The most newsworthy and controversial has been, as commented on in previous columns, MTV's Choose or Lose effort and Rock the Vote.
These organizations and people are utilizing their abilities to entertain the masses in hopes of bribing citizens to vote. Whether it's P Diddy on MTV or Bruce Springsteen touring the country, we're being offered an entertaining package with a note of voting advocacy for Nov. 2.
Some screamed conspiracy when we saw these events unfold over the summer. While it may be a little over the top to claim all these people are at John Kerry's disposal, it's obvious there is a liberal effort to target voting groups that might vote Democratic. Look who's funding these get-out-the-vote campaigns. It's common knowledge that conservative Republicans have been at odds with MTV and the majority of popular recording artists since anyone can remember. Sure, they have their biases.
Still, beyond their motives for getting the youth vote, the public-relations campaign is ridiculous. Vote for education, they say. Vote for health care. Vote for mom. Vote for the environment. Vote for jobs. Vote for anything. Vote for your dog. Just vote. This nonsense begs the question: What is inherently good about voting? It just is. Voting is good because voting is what you're supposed to do. I don't mean to be snobby or condescending about it, but really, the reasons put forth for voting are pretty shallow.
Let's be honest about this: Nothing good has ever come from just voting. America was not born because droves of people wanted to vote. America was born out of a desire to maintain inalienable rights and an educated group of men who knew what kind of government might complement that desire.
Voting because Michael Moore told you to vote is really not going to do anybody any good. Voting divorced from education is a deadly mix. That deadly mix has put us in the predicament we're in. If one is educated about government, but doesn't vote, that person is of no use when the polls close. If someone is uneducated about government, but runs to the polls on Election Day, that person is dangerous.
The problem becomes this: We all think we're educated. We arrogant Americans really have a hard time facing up to our personal problems and it's probably true when it comes to education as well.
So, in light of that arrogance problem, let me help you out. If you're still undecided about whom you're going to vote for this late in the game, please just don't vote, because it's obvious that the still-undecided voters are immature when it comes to viewing government. If you're voting against someone, don't vote. If a politician is defined by being against another candidate, we'll all come to a dead end when one of the candidates is eliminated. If you're voting to get free stuff such as health care, education, welfare, etc. don't vote, because you're responsible for the impending fiscal disaster. If you're voting just to vote, don't vote, because you're responsible for electing crooked politicians.
A new generation is rising up that has this idea in its collective mind that voting is inherently good. In reality, an uneducated vote cast is evil. Unfortunately, such a misguided generation is going to change history and the image of what exactly civic responsibility looks like.
I will be happy if all we have is registered, eligible voters who only vote ONCE.
The drinking age is 21, the voting age is 18. Go figure.
An "eligible" voter is, by definition, a citizen, and they are a citizen whose voting rights haven't been rescinded (felons, etc.).
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My Fellow Non-Americans: British Newspaper Targets US Voters
In an article titled "My fellow non-Americans," Britain's left-wing Guardian newspaper explains to its readers that while they are unable to vote in the upcoming presidential election, they can have a voice nonetheless.
A recent article in the Guardian commented, "The result of the US election will affect the lives of millions around the world but those of us outside the 50 states have had no say in it - until now. In a unique experiment (the Guardian) has assembled a democratic toolkit to enable people from Basildon to Botswana to campaign in the presidential race. And with a little help from the folks in Clark County, Ohio, you might help decide who takes up residence in the White House next month."
To help ensure its readers made a difference, the Guardian commented,"we've zeroed in on one of the places where this year's election truly will be decided: Clark County, Ohio, which is balanced on a razor's edge between Republicans and Democrats."
Calling the scheme "an opportunity for public service," Guardian writer Oliver Burkeman, who is in the newspaper's New York City bureau, said the newspaper has "assembled a handy set of tools that non-Americans can use to have a real chance of influencing the outcome of the vote."
Those tools include, he wrote, "ways to give money to help your preferred candidate, even though direct campaign contributions from foreigners aren't allowed. There are ideas for making your voice heard in the influential local media outlets where it could really count."
The idea hinges on matching Guardian readers with undecided registered independents voters in Clark County Ohio. The newspaper wants its readers to "write a personal letter, citizen to citizen, explaining why this election matters to you, and which issues you think ought to matter to the US electorate. It may even be a chance to persuade somebody to use their vote at all."
As an incentive, the Guardian writes, "We are offering the four people who write the most persuasive letters to Clark County voters the chance to travel there and watch the campaign in person. At the end of October, the winners will accompany a group of Guardian journalists to Ohio to meet voters and observe the closing days of the race."
The Guardian is not shy about its intentions. "While there's no point being coy about Britain's preferences in this election (never mind those of Guardian readers) - a poll last month put backing for Kerry at 47 percent, against 16 percent for Bush - we have included information for supporters of both main candidates."
The Guardian realizes the idea could backfire. "Anybody might be justifiably angered by the idea of a foreigner trying to interfere in their democratic process."
"People don't necessarily want to hear what people from other countries have to say," Rachelle Valladares, the London-based chair of Democrats Abroad, told the Guardian.
However, the Guardian comments, "Being from Britain ought to give you a certain leverage: in stump speeches and debates, Bush has repeatedly praised Tony Blair's cooperation over Iraq, making America's long-treasured alliance with the UK key to the president's defense of his foreign policy."
Guardian readers signing up for the scheme will receive by e-mail the name and snail mail address of a Clark County voter.
"We have included only those voters who chose to list themselves as unaffiliated, instead of as Republican or Democrat," the Guardian writes. "That is no guarantee that they are persuadable, of course, but it does increase the chances."
Readers are advised, "In formulating your letter, you will need to introduce yourself: no individual Clark County voter will have any reason to be expecting your communication. And in choosing your arguments, keep in mind the real risk of alienating your reader by coming across as interfering or offensive. You might want to handwrite your letter, for additional impact, and we strongly recommend including your own name and address - it lends far more credibility to your views, and you might get a reply."
Readers are also carefully advised how to give money, with the Guardian cheerily writing "American law forbids foreigners from giving money to affect the outcome of a federal election - except that, on closer inspection, it doesn't. You're banned from donating to the campaigns themselves, or to many of the independent campaigning groups that fight explicitly on behalf of one candidate. So you need to identify officially non-partisan groups (such as the NAACP or Christian Coalition) whose activities, none the less, have the practical effect of helping one candidate over the other."
Readers wanting to do even more are advised to "focus on the media outlets swing-state residents are reading and hearing. Take care: deluging the same organization with numerous near-identical messages rarely impresses (we speak from experience)."
Those people feeling brave, the Guardian says, "might want to explore the highly influential talk-radio airwaves. On the right, the overarchingly dominant figure is Rush Limbaugh, heard on hundreds of stations nationwide, including 19 in Ohio, some of which can be heard in Clark County. This is a strictly at-your-own-risk proposition ... "
Contact information is also provided for "Air America, the upstart liberal radio counterweight, (which) is still in its infancy, but it can be picked up in parts of Ohio and other battleground states. Listen to the flagship show presented by the left wing humourist Al Franken ... Franken's focus yesterday was the absolutely shameless' behavior of the conservative media in America."
Linda Rosicka, director of the Clark County Board of Elections, told the Associated Press (AP) that the Guardian paid $25 for a list of all registered voters. Anyone can buy the list, and purchasers can use whichever portion they wish.
"Our government has interfered enough in other elections, other political situations around the world ... why can't people from other countries try to influence us with their opinions?" Springfield independent voter Artimus Keiffer, 52, told the AP.
Other residents of Clark County appeared to be amused than inclined to change their vote.
"That's kind of a joke," Springfield voter Norman James, formerly undecided but now leaning toward Bush, told the Newhouse News Service when he learned about the plan. "I don't think they really have a clue about American politics over there."
However, not everyone thinks the Guardian's scheme is funny. According go the Cybercast News Service (CNS), some conservative online "bloggers" are urging their readers to subvert the campaign by requesting a name and address -- with no intention of writing to the Ohio voter -- until the Guardian runs out of names to hand out.
A popular blogger in Australia, Tim Blair, is promoting a retaliatory campaign, CNS reported, asking readers to deluge Guardian journalists with emails (he provides addresses).
"You may not have heard of it, but it's one of the most marginal newspapers in one of the most marginal media cultures on earth," Blair told CNS. "It's a place where a change of mind among just a few journalists could make a real difference. Pick one, two, three, or all the names and send your message."
I have to disagree with this statement. In our current two-dominant-party election system, often times my vote is for the lesser of two evils (i.e., Socialist Lite vs. Socialist) because there is no viable conservative candidate (or party) to vote for. In this case, to abstain from voting against the more dangerous candidate--even if that means voting for someone you do not truly support--is to allow others to elect your government for you.
I'd rather vote for a leader, than a used car salesman.
I agree (and I know what you meant). Unfortunately, there are now many in this country that do not support our sovereignty or our laws. To them, illegal aliens are "eligible voters". That is why I feel it's important to make the distinction.
Thats THIS week....
I watched the 3rd party debate on CSPAN earlier in the week. They were all Socialists. Not a lightweight in the bunch.
Thanks for the ping.
Voting because Michael Moore told you to vote is really not going to do anybody any good .....
Either choice makes you a potential danger to the Republic as you will probably vote for the wrong guy for the wrong reasons!
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